If there's ever a time to call fashion an 'art', couture is it. The time spent on each piece is incredible, people either have a very strong love or distaste for what they see, and owning a couture piece is more or less the sole privilege of members of the billionaire's club; unfortunately a recession makes us crave Topshop and H&M over $100,000 gowns.
So WHO dear readers are wearing these things?! Well, one mass market is the ladies of the annual Crillon Ball, a Debutante ball held in Paris each year and if you're interested, the 2010 festivities will take place on November 27. Just dying for a place amongst the (approximately) 25 young, hella rich and hopefully fabulous? Well first you must fit the following requirements: fantastic parentage, fantastic wealth, fantastic accomplishments, oh, and a fantastic figure....couture doesn't exactly cater to the fast food nation (I am still processing this final one too - does this mean some poor little rich girl out there was told 'oh honey no, a size ten just won't do'? BLECH).
But I digress, I have found the perfect couture ensembles for our soon-to-be ladies of high society. C'est super, non?
Miss Baby I'm Selfish: She wants the biggest and baddest dress. Let's face it, the more space you take up, the more you get noticed.
Dress: Christian DiorDress: Valentino
Miss Gothic Glam: Just because you're rich doesn't mean you can't be a moody teen
Dress: Jean Paul Gaultier
Miss Sexy Can I: C'mon, you remember what it was like when the curves started to show up.....who DIDN'T want to show that off?!
Dress: Elie Saab
Miss All That Glitters: The sparkle trend isn't going anywhere. These ones just happen to be hand stitched.
Dress: Alexis Mabille
Dress: Armani Privé
Miss Cute Couture: Why act older than you already are? Dakota Fanning is proving that acting your age is SO hot right now.
And finally, let's not forget Mommy Dearest! We all know how hard she worked to make this happen, surely she deserves a little couture herself!
Jean Paul Gaultier